Breast reduction is one of the plastic surgeries with which patients become the most satisfied. Extremely large breasts cause back and neck pain, poor posture and bra sores, are uncomfortable and often embarrassing. The vast majority of these symptoms improve after the operation. The aim is to reduce the volume of the breasts leaving them at the level and size that is appropriate for your body. The procedure is similar to a breast lift but glandular tissue and skin are also removed prior to closing the incisions.
The surgery is ambulatory and is done under local anesthesia. The operation is done through an anchor shaped incision and scars are permanent, but are covered by the bra and hidden in the crease underneath the breast. Remember that no breasts are symmetrical, and although some differences can be corrected with this procedure, your breasts will never be perfectly symmetrical. You should undergo a preoperative mammogram if there is any history of breast cancer in your family or if you are more than forty years of age. A mammogram after 6 to 12 months is also recommended. All tissue removed is sent to pathology for analysis. This may add a surcharge to the cost of the operation.
The recovery period is similar to a breast lift. The discomfort is minimal compared to the surgical trauma. After operating it is recommended to assume a normal level of physical activity. Support garments can be used as long as they do not have wire bottom. The first postoperative visit is one or two days later to remove the drains.
The risk of complications is low and includes infection, hematoma, abnormal sensation in the nipples and skin loss over the incisions. In rare cases, especially in large reductions, there may be total loss of the nipple, which can be reconstructed later. The incidence of complications rises with the amount of reduced volume.
You will notice dramatic change immediately, but remember that your breasts will continue to improve in appearance over a period of three to six months. Your clothes will fit better, your body will look more proportioned, and your preoperative symptoms will subside gradually although not all will completely disappear.
Before & After
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